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Robot Visions

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From Isaac Asimov, the Hugo Award-winning Grand Master of Science Fiction whose name is synonymous with the science of robotics, comes five decades of robot visions: thirty-four landmark stories and essays—including three rare tales—gathered together in one volume.

Meet all of Asimov’s most famous creations including: Robbie, the very first robot that his imagination broug
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Mass Market Paperback, US/CAN, 496 pages
Published March 1991 by RoC (first published 1990)
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Craig Childs I would start with I, Robot. It is overall higher quality and "more vintage" Asimov.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Robot Visions (Robot 0.5), Isaac Asimov

Robot Visions (1990) is a collection of science fiction short stories and factual essays by Isaac Asimov. Many of the stories are reprinted from other Asimov collections, particularly I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories. It also includes the title story, "Robot Visions" (written specifically for this collection), which combines Asimov's motifs of robots and of time travel. It is the companion book to Robot Dreams.

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Evgeny
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
This is a collection of short stories and essays related to Asimov’s visions of robots in the future. It contains quite a few stories from a better-known anthology I, Robot. Actually the latter has only 5 entries not found in the former.

Before Asimov practically every story related to an artificially created life (or its semblance) starting all the way from myth of Ancient Greece ended up with the creation turning against its creators – robots turning against humanity for our particular case. H
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Richard Derus
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sampled
This collection of Asimov's deathless Robot series, shorter works that add up to a guiding vision of what Humanity strives for in the creation of a computerized mechanical slave class, starts with an essay entitled "The Robot Chronicles." As I assume most everyone reading Asimov in this day and time is reasonably familiar with the stories that make up the series, I'll confine my observations to the essay which is not otherwise available in print, though it exists on audio for your edification.

As
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed everything that I've ever read by Asimov, and this is no exception. Hardly surprising at this point. The robot short stories are always very fun to read. It's amazing how many great story ideas he was able to get out of three unbreakable laws, isn't it?

Let's break this collection down a bit. Of the 18 stories in this collection, seven can also be found in I, Robot. In fact, every story from I, Robot but one can also be found here, without the linking text starring Susan Calvin. I'm
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Simona B
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“...for if we study in detail two entirely different kinds of intelligence, we may learn to understand intelligence in a much more general and fundamental way than is now possible...”

Robot Visions contains three stories not included in The Complete Robot, namely "Christmas Without Rodney"(1988), "Too Bad!" (1989) and the titular "Robot Visions" (1990). It also features a series of short essays all concerning machines in general and, some, robots in particular, and the hardcore Asimov devotee wil
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Alice Lee
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
After I, Robot, I was hungry for more robot stories, and Robot Visions was the only other robot collection I could find at my local library. A good chunk of the collection are in I, Robot, but without the connecting segments where Susan Calvin was interviewed. I personally enjoyed I, Robot more and thought the stories collected there were more solid, but this is by no means a weak collection at all. More mysteries, more puzzles, more situations where your inner child delights at the faithful rob ...more
David Sarkies
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Three New Stories and some Repetitive Essays
23 September 2020

I have to admit that the only reason I purchased this book was so that I could read the three robot stories that aren’t in any of the other books that I have, and that is quite annoying because there are a bunch of stories that appear in the other books meaning that I pretty much skipped half the book because it ended up that I would be simply rereading something that I have read multiple times before. Still, as I mentioned, there wer
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Cheryl
Feb 06, 2017 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Pre-reading research reveals that I, Robot, is the first collection of short stories. Second is The Rest of the Robots. Robot Dreams only has one new story in it. The Complete Robot is reported to be truly complete.

This, I dunno. Another selection of some of the musty favorites and dusty rarities, but nothing actually new?
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Read. I did read Complete a few months ago, and so nothing here was new (I don't think). I did skip the non-fiction essays at the end. And I skimmed the stories t
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
The review by Arthur C. Clarke is what partially made me interested in this. That and also thinking Isaac Asimov is the allfather of Sci-fi.

Also, ROBOTS.
Dave Packard
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: laser, kindle
Really 3.5 stars... this is mostly a book of Asimov’s robot short stories which are great. I had read some in the past, but some were new to me, and I love his robot tales! Unfortunately for me the last about 1/4 of the book is his essays on robots, psychology, futurism, etc. and I found that as the robot stories have held up well the essays have not. So final word, if you are not a completionist read the short stories and leave the essays behind!
Vylūnė
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, audiobooks
Francesca Calarco
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world where so many stories in the sci-fi and speculative genres tend to be bleak and gritty, Isaac Asimov's Robot Visions is a sweet breath of fresh air. Asimov includes in this volume both short works of fiction and essays that formulate a cohesive imagined universe, as well as a fully fleshed out vision of future technology.

It is impossible to talk about anything in this collection without diving into Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, as first formally presented in the short story "Runaro
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Jim
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to “read” The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov but it wasn’t available on audio (my preferred format for consuming old science fiction). However, Audible.com had three anthologies of Asimov’s stories, I, Robot, Robot Dreams, and Robot Visions. So I wrote out a list of all the stories in The Complete Robot and marked which stories were available on audio in these three audiobooks. After listening to Robot Dreams I had a new appreciation for Isaac Asimov. Now that I’ve finished Robot Vision ...more
Mark
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say it upfront, I'm a big Asimov fan. He almost immediately gets three stars from me based purely on my fanboy approach to his work. That said, his Robot stories genuinely stand tall in Science Fiction with his creation of the three laws of robotics, the positronic brain, the legendary robot characters like R. Daneel Olivaw and the inimitable and unflappable Susan Calvin, robot psychologist.

The good thing about these stories is that they often create a logic puzzle and thrash out how
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Turtlefrog
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed a majority of the short stories. But I found the esseys to be a little redundant.
Richard Knight
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Though I have not read all 400 (jeez) of Asimov's books, I have read his entire Foundation and Robot series, so I think I have a feel for the master's work. And like The Foundation series (Not so much his Robot series, which, like Asimov, I agree is pretty perfect), there are some great yarns, and some not so great yarns, and this book of short stories and essays is similar-Some great ones, and some not so great ones. There are some standout stories, like "Runaround" which was the first story to ...more
P.S. Winn
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great collection of stories from an author whose name brings up visions of robots. This is a good way for readers to take a peek into an extraordinary mind and travel through science fiction stories.
John
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, classics
Enjoyed it
Dom Fantazzi
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Good short story collection, even better in small doses as all stories have essentially the same message over and over again. Did not finish.
Craig Childs
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This 1990 short story collection is a companion volume to Robot Dreams (1986). Both volumes were criticized upon publication for being largely reprints of previously collected material. However, if your goal is to read all Asimov's robot short stories, you'll most likely want to read these after The Complete Robot (1982). These collections contain the final four robot stories written after 1977, as well as non-robot stories such as "The Last Question" and "Feeling of Power" which Asimov consider ...more
10TX
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, compilation
Good book. 3 stars. I would likely not reread this book. I would recommend this book to select people with an interest in this genre, the history of it, and everything robot. Also, any hard core Asimov fans.

This book, along with Robot Dreams, is a repackaging of Asimov's robot short stories. There are no repeats between those two books. In the intro, Asimov introduces each of his robot stories that he believes broke ground, most of which are published in this volume.

Stories included: (and what o
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Zoe's Human
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lt
Since I've criticized Asimov for gender bias previously, I feel I owe it to mention that, somewhere in the mid to late sixties, he appears to have recognized the problem and evolved his outlook on women.

In "Feminine Intuition," Susan Calvin becomes more fully fleshed out than her prior stereotypical old maid incarnations. The point is made that instead of recognizing a woman's intellect and logic is what it is that there is a sexist tendency to rename it as something mystical. In "The Bicentenn
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G33z3r
Asimov was expert at repackaging material, and all the Robot short stories in this volume have appeared in other Robot books before, but I picked it up for the introduction by the good doctor, as well as the science-fact and opinion essays included at the back. The latter were considerably shorter than I expected, though not one interesting, so I ended up rereading most of the novella and short stories anyway. The Bicentennial Man is always enjoyable, to see how close Asimov could come to repudi ...more
Lloyd
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1990s
This book of robot stories by Asimov was as good as any other. I think among those four collections of robot stories ("I, Robot", "The Complete Robot", "Robot Dreams" and this one), this one and "Robot Dreams are my favorites.

The quality of stories and the mixture of robot and non-robot tales in "Robot Dreams" made it one of my favorites. This one has some of the best robot stories within (classics along with more modren ones) and a number of essays by Asimov about his robot stories.

This book pr
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Ron
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work
I read this as part of a work (for fun) book club. It is a collection of some of Asimov's robot stories along with some essays at the end. I'd seen most of these stories in some of my previous Asimov reads. If you haven't read much Asimov, I'd highly recommend this. One knock that I have on Asimov is his high level of optimism. He seems to think that if we had robots that we'd be free to pursue higher things. Personally, I'm not sure that the vast majority of people would pursue higher things as ...more
Ezra
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Asimov's essays about robots, computers, and cyborgs. They are well done.

The short stories at the front of the book are the same stories published in other books. There are a few new ones. So, if you do not mind re-reading them or have not read other books, then you are good. Otherwise, you should just read the first and second short stories "Robot Visions" and "Too Bad!" then skip to the last one "Christmas Without Rodney" and continue through the essays. Essentially, 347 pages of
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Mitchell
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: robot fans, futurists
Recommended to Mitchell by: Kathy Dale
This is yet another in the vast sea of work by Isaac Asimov. What really made this a winner for me was the set of essays in the book about why robots will succeed and thrive. One particular essay regards the reason we will create human shaped robots. Short answer: Because they can interact with our world.
Michael
As I read Asimov's Robot stories for the first time since I was a teenager, I've come to some unfortunate realisations. I still enjoy the stories, and I still respect Asimov, but so many of these stories seem to be clever just for the sake of being clever. Like they're thought-experiments. There's a minimum of charm.

I guess we'll always have Solaria.
Laura
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Always enjoy the robot stories, always hard to get through his descriptions of women (when there are any).
Alex E
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The short stories of Isaac Asimov continue to impress me. There is something instructive about looking back on past visions of the future... from the future. In Asimov's stories, robots aren't used to symbolize a marginalized group or act as a warning of what he calls the Frankenstein Effect (simply, a creation turning on it's creator). The 3 laws of robotics forbids this. There are no robot uprisings to be found and the stories are infinitely better for it. Robots are instead *shocker* exactly ...more
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

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